In March 2017 I happened to spot a book in my local library and thought "that might be interesting". That choice was in hindsight probably the most influential book related decision I made last year. How to be a productivity ninja resulted in a paradigm shift for how I approach my time and attention management. It culminated in me adopting the second-brain concept which I still refer to multiple times every day and I really cannot foresee any way I will ever want to give these methods up.
Front cover of the BMJ relates to a recently published randomised control trial showing that Tai Chi can be hugely beneficial for people suffering from fibromyalgia.
Not at all surprising to me and great to see it backed up by a well designed scientific study.
Were you properly taught about tooth whitening at uni? I wasn't. Everything I learned about it came from what my VT trainer told me and then a few snippets from the forums and one lecture at a conference a few years ago. I had naively been thinking that was good enough and that I was pretty knowledgable about whitening having provided it many times over recent years. Now I realise how little I actually knew.
So many books and podcasts I have encountered over the past year have discussed the potential benefits of incorporating meditation into your collection of positive life habits. I dabbled with this through much of 2017 and then through the beginning of this year have increased my interest in this topic particularly after powerful recommendations in great books like peak performance (http://www.drchrisharper.co.uk/blog/revisiting-peak-performance) and have really enjoyed adding a short meditation session into my pre-work routine.
Dr Chris Harper